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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Laughing Dog Brewing

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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.85%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Over 11 months in the making some of the Dogfather is bourbon barrel aged.

71 IBU

Added by brownbeer on 12-21-2009

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Photo of jnn4v
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Very dark brown, approaching black in color. Lots of head (medium brown in color) that fills about 1/3 of the glass. Took a few minutes for it to die down. No sediment or haze visible.

S: Coffee, milk chocolate, and minor hints of oak. When straining to try to find a hint of bourbon, we did. It became much stronger as it warmed (fortunately).

T: Cracked black pepper, licorice, pine sap, and herbal bitterness. Almost seems like they used fresh-cut oak instead of a properly charcoaled bourbon barrel. Coffee, milk chocolate and cream stout flavors are hiding in there as well, but overall this is a disappointment.

M: Good texture, appropriate for the genre. Fine carbonation with thick, full-bodied mouthfeel.

D: The rough flavor of this makes it a challenge to drink.

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Photo of jamie2dope
2.46/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Could not decide between this and the regular version. Oh well, this beer pours a motor oil black, with a quick to rise tan heading. Musty nose, with hints of smoke and chocolate. Taste is very bitter, and a tad acrid. Lots of alcohol pouring out of this beer as well. Mouthfeel is much thinner than expected. Frankly, this beer is difficult to finish. Not very impressed with this one from Laughing Dog. I am not sure if the barrel aging has affected it in a negative way. I will opt for the non barrel aged version next time.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, store-labeled 'bourbon barrel aged' around the neck.

A- DARK, deep brown/black, sandy tan head, incredible longevity, lacing off the bat. Head is thick like fog.

S- Bourbon, wood, spicy smoke (like a campfire). Coffee (espresso) is there as well. Pretty potent.

T- Wow. Hot. Bourbony. Woody. Spicy. Intense. A bit of a mess, but all the flavors are really tasty. A starburst of coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon (and bourbon barrels)... still, a bit intense. And I like hot beers. Well, I like this beer. But I bet it would smooth out nicely.

M- Hot, good carbonation, agressive flavors.. if in-your-face stouts are your thing, get your hands on this one.

D- Mystery ABV. It's hot, though. And the flavors demand a slow imbibing. But I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Have not had the non bal-aged version. This one was pretty darn good, though. Going to get more if possible and sit on 'em, as I think this beer has a lot of potential. 6 months to a year and I bet it would smooth out a lot of the roughness around the edges.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The case says this is bourbon barrel aged but the label is the same as the Dogfather. I'll take Laughing Dog's word for it I suppose.

Pours thick and dark with a healthy brown head.

Aromas of charred bourbon barrel, a hint of vanilla, roasty to no end. Smells a bit too burnt for me.

Burnt, smokey oak, bitter coffee and chocolate dominate the palate. Noticable alcohol and a little rough around the edges.

I would hope a few years might add some finesse to this somewhat harsh stout.

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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
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